Since the advent of television, computers, modern technical devices, IPads, IPods, XBox and other electronic game devices the dance culture has somewhat been impacted. Back in the good ol' days of the 50s and 60s, when men, women and children would enjoy a stroll in the park, pick up sticks, knuckles using pebbles or stones, playing in the yard and going out dancing every night of the week, especially the Saturday night dancers. Life couldn't have been anymore simplier and joyous. Yes, social skills were developed, the ability to interact with one another and lead a somewhat normal existence without the pressures of keeping up with the "Jones's" or what was more fashionable, trendy or otherwise deemed cool.

Read more: Dancing in the new age - learn today

Vintage cars in LeuraFor those that attended the Charleston Challenge Downunder in 2012 get ready to relive the 1920′s with a documentary of the 1920′s and all that Jazz! festival including footage from the Charleston Challenge World Record Attempt. The documentary will be will be screened at The Edge Cinema, Great Western Highway, Katoomba on Saturday 5 May, 1pm arrival for 2pm – 4pm screening.

For more information visit the Charleston Challenge Website

The documentary will feature the following:-

Automobile Picnic in Leura Mall plus an overview of some of the other Roaring 20s Events including Ragtime at the Paragon, Classic Car Rally Jenolan Caves, Highlands Steam and Vintage Fair Oberon, Speakeasy Thrills at Blue Mountains Manor House, Vintage Cars Jazz and the Great Art Deco Ball at The Carrington, Trains, Trams and T’s at Valley Heights Locomotive Depot and Jazz in the Garden at Norman Lindsay Gallery

The FTF(Falcon, Tickford, FPV) Car Club of NSW was founded in 2005. The club is all about fun, friendship, community, fundraising and whether you have a modified vehicle or stock standard, taking it for a day on the track, weekend cruise, show or slower paced family day that is what you can expect from this club.

The next FTF upcoming car events include Capital Ford Day Canberra on Sunday, 18th March 2012 and the big one their annual Fords in the Park show to be held on Sunday, 29th April 2012 at Minchinbury.

Read more: Ford Car Lovers - Annual Fords in the Park Day 2012

Since the 1950s with thanks to many brilliant promoters, artists and Rock n Roll bands, Rock n Roll dancing has been a favourite past-time for all generations. During the 50s, especially from 1955 dancing especially Rock n Roll was freedom from the pressures of life, rules, home and school. It belonged to the teen-agers of that era and gave them some sense of belief for the future, joy and happiness.

Read more: Learn to Dance Rock N Roll

For all the lovers of ELVIS, Elvis Tribute Artists and Elvis artefacts and treasures an exhibition and tribute concerts will be held in the Castle Hill Area on the first weekend of March. For those of you that were able to get to the Baulkham Hills display or those that missed it! This is a must not miss exhibition!

Read more: ELVIS - His music, His Treasures Exhibition

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Rock n Roll dancing was more than just a dance it was a whole culture that brought people together and made communities stronger and happier. Dancing in the past (pre and post 50s) especially Rock n Roll, Swing and Ballroom was something that was enjoyed by many every night of the week. Dancing especially Rock n Roll and Swing was a great activity that improved endurance, balance, flexibility and enhanced ones life and well-being as it brought joy, friendship and love to life.

The best thing about dancing is, it actually does not matter who you are, where you have come from, what your sporting experience is or your resume, dancing is something that calls you and drives you to express yourself. You do not have to be the worlds best or be perfect at dancing. What you do need to do is to find a dance style that suits you, motivates you and makes you feel alive like Rock n Roll. Generally, people are attracted to certain styles of music as it is the music that you will be listening to, dancing with, expressing yourself and your emotions for. So to love dance is to love music, these two factors go hand in hand!

Read more: Rock n Roll Dance for Love and Fun

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A Rock n Roll and blues influenced band that are still touring and very active across the US and Canada today are the Steve Miller Band. What a treat for all Australians if they were to bring a tour down under. This band plays some good ol' wholesome and classic rock n roll tunes that are easy to listen too, enjoy and have hints of rhythm and blues, country and rock. Some of their songs include:

Read more: Keep on Rockin for the love of music

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We had a great day out at the Penrith Festival in 2011. We spent the day hanging around with the Vintage FM team at there stall along with rock n roll legend Lonnie Lee who was signing his new calendar.

The day started off being nice and sunny then all of a sudden a storm hit with some hail but even that was not enough to dampen everyone's spirit. It soon cleared up and it was soon time to hit the parade and then again just as we where getting ready the heavens opened up again and we continued with the parade.

Hello all you Moovers N Groovers,

Just a quick post to let you know about the dates for the very first of our courses and classes that will re-commence in 2012. Even if you not sure about dancing, don’t know how to dance, think you have 2 left feet or would like to start back with a lovely and friendly group then here are the dates:

NEXT ROCK N ROLL dance course dates and dance parties to come along to and escort your partner, your friends and family to 2012, are as follows:

Read more: Rock n Roll Dance Courses and Classes 2012

Charleston dance with us

You may have heard the whispers and it is true, Australia is holding a registered attempt at the world record for 1920's Charleston Dancing.
The event will launch the 1920s and all the Jazz Festival in the Blue Mountains on Saturday, 4th February 2012 at Leura Mall.
It is definitely something not to be missed and everyone should definitely participate. Remember it is all for fun and all for us Aussies!

There are opportunities to Learn To Dance Charleston in person with one being a workshop scheduled on 21st January 2012 at Penrith RSL from 5:30pm in the Hornesywood Hall on Level 2. Tickets are available prior to or on the day. Enrolment from 5:15pm. $10 per person Charleston Workshop Only and $15pp for Dance Party with Vinnie and the Moonlighters that will commence at 8pm.

Read more: Charleston Challenge Downunder 2012

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